| TOKYO, June 11
TOKYO, June 11 Australia wants greater military
technology cooperation with Japan, and in talks between the two
on Wednesday, wants to take a step paving the way for a possible
agreement for Japan to supply it with stealth submarine designs,
Australia's Defence Minister said.
"We are taking small and determined steps down that path,"
David Johnston told Reuters in an interview in Tokyo. "We are
looking to push the relationship a little further along,
carefully and discreetly, as to how we might better
Johnston is meeting Itsunori Onodera, along with the foreign
ministers of Australia and Japan, Julie Bishop and Fumio
Kishida, in Tokyo on Wednesday for talks to bolster ties.
Industrial cooperation, Johnston said, could also lead Japan
and Australia to "compare notes" on Lockheed Martin's
F-35 fighter, which both nations have bought, to help them
better sustain a program that will be at the core of their air
defence strategies in the next few decades.
(Editing by Clarence Fernandez)